Immigration: Greece; new tragedy in the Aegean Sea, 21 dead

Boat from Turkey sinks

17 December, 10:51

Boat with migrants sunk near Greek island Lesbos Boat with migrants sunk near Greek island Lesbos

   (ANSAmed) - Athens - In the umpteenth migration tragedy in the western Aegean Sea, a boat carrying 28 people, including 26 would-be immigrants between 20 and 45 of Afghan nationality and two Turkish sailors, capsized due to poor weather conditions and overcrowding, and sank off the Greek island of Lesvos, or Mytilini.

Between Saturday and Sunday the Greek Coast Guard found 21 bodies and a survivor on a beach on the island. Six people are still missing, including the two Turkish nationals. If the 27 victims - including two women and two children - were to be confirmed, this would be the most tragic shipwreck in the Aegean in the last few years. In a similar tragedy in 2009, 22 people including seven women and a child, died in a shipwreck. Their boat had also left from Turkey. (ANSAmed)

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